The temperament of the Rottweiler is largely based on its owner, and its owners willingness to properly socialize the Rottweiler as a puppy. A normally calm and rather aloof breed, the Rottweiler can be as sweet natured as it is protective. Because of its powerful physical abilities, a Rottweiler can carry an incredible presence as a watchdog, being equally as alert as any breed. The key to a well balanced and friendly Rotty is showing proper respect to the nature of this working breed, and building a relationship based on love and trust, never using fear as a training tool.
Smart and willing to please, the Rottweiler is a highly trainable breed. Begin this breeds training as soon as you bring the puppy into your home, this aviods the development of any bad habits. It will also be vital to curb this large dogs want to bark and howl early in life, as the larger they get it can become a nuisance. Make sure you properly train this breed to be comfortable on the leash, as the powerful Rottweiler will otherwise be walking you! Obedience training is a good idea for owners who are not heavily experienced in training dogs.
While this is a physically imposing breed, be aware of their sensitive nature. They do not tolerate extreme temperatures very well, especially heat. And they definitely will not be a well balanced dog if left alone for long periods of time. If you live in an apartment, this breed is not for you, because they like lots of space. Although generally friendly, they will be skeptical of large crowds of strangers and noisy environments.
If you are a first time dog owner, this dog may be a challenge. Although very intelligent, they are a dog that requires the presence of a strong pack Alpha or they will attempt to assume that role, and good luck taking it from him at that point.
Health concerns for the Rottweiler are very similar to other large or giant breeds, starting with joint problems. Hip and Elbow Dysplasia are one of the most common ailments in this breed, as it is with other large breeds. Another illness that seems to strike large and giant breeds of dogs is Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.
You should brush your Rottweiler once a week at least, as his dense, coarse double coat will shed. Like with all dogs, get your Rottweiler puppy used to tooth brushing and nail trimming early so you will be able to keep up with proper oral hygiene and healthy nails throughout your Rot’s life.
The Rottweiler is a working breed, so it will need exercise regularly. While the Rottweilers energy level will not run you ragged, it is important to keep this breed active to keep its weight under control. A overweight Rotty is more likely to suffer from joint issues later in life that a dog that is well conditioned at a healthy weight.
The size of a Rottweiler should be between 75 and 130 lbs in weight and stand between 23 and 28 inches tall at the withers.
When purchasing a Rottweiler puppy it is essential to be aware of all characteristics of this breed. Looking for a puppy to bring into your family is an exciting process, but having the knowledge of what to expect with any dog is the key to successful integration into your family. A puppy is a huge commitment, so being knowledgeable about how to train and care for your Rottweiler puppy is particularly valuable. For information on these subjects check our blog or a good book related to this specific dog breed.
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